UC-03 Apprentice Plumbing and Heating Buyer at D T Oracz Limited based in Blackburn

Job type Apprenticeship
Contract Type Apprenticeship
Positions Available 1
Salary £3.70 per hour
Reference Code UC-03
Hours Per Week 42.5 hours per week
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Job Description

Brief Overview

Construction buyers are responsible for ensuring that materials required for plumbing & heating projects are provided to schedule and according to projected budgets. They have a vital part to play in helping ensure the profitability of contracts as they are responsible for ensuring that the most cost‐effective & appropriate materials are purchased.

The company works in New Build as a contractor, private domestic installations, Commercial installations and in the domestic spares and maintenance areas of Plumbing & Heating so your scope of work is varied within the Plumbing & Heating sector.

Typical work activities include:

  • Reading a drawing and corresponding specification to compile an accurate and comprehensive list of P&H materials required for the project.
  • Providing prices for all materials included in project plans and drawings;   
  • Identifying potential suppliers and new products;   
  • Contacting a range of suppliers and sub‐contractors to obtain quotations and agree delivery times;  
  • Keeping detailed records and maintaining a well‐organised work schedule;  
  • Assessing the reliability of suppliers;  
  • Dealing effectively with challenges with suppliers and the flow of materials;  
  • Ensuring compliance with the safety, health and environment requirements of materials and services;  
  • Providing advice to the project estimator on the predicted cost of individual items;  
  • Liaising closely with the estimator at the tendering stage to ensure that an accurate project cost is provided;  
  • Checking invoices against quoted prices to ensure we are keeping in budgets and not being over charged. 
  • Negotiating and agreeing the most favourable terms possible with suppliers once a contract has been secured.

Person Specification

Desirable Skills


Excellent, communication skills

Negotiating skills

An aptitude for figures and the ability to manage a budget

An analytical mind

IT skills - Should be comfortable/competent in using Excel for spreadsheets and calculations.

Teamwork Skills

The ability to prioritise tasks and manage your time to meet deadlines

Be able to work under pressure.

Personal Qualities

You should be:

Able to build good relationships with all kinds of people


Willing to make decisions and take responsibility for them


GCSE passes in Maths, English, and IT.

Future Prospects

Well organised, self‐reliant and motivated Career Progression Buyers can progress to senior and managerial posts.

Things to consider

Working hours are Monday- Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm (occasional Saturday’s or late working when required).

Please note that the closing date for this vacancy is at the employers’ discretion and is subject to change. If this vacancy has been filled we will endeavour to support you in finding alternative vacancies.


Other Information

Apprenticeship; Advanced Apprenticeship or Higher Apprenticeship

Higher Apprenticeship

Proposed Duration

24 months

Training to be Provided

Higher Apprenticeship Level 4 Procurement & Supply


Apprenticeship Team

01254 292500





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